Bill Gates made a big announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Friday. The Microsoft entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist revealed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $10 billion over the next 10 years to the cause of fighting disease around the globe through vaccines and immunizations.
Now that Bill Gates doesn't have to run one of the world's biggest companies, he has more time to devote to a few of his favorite causes including, say, trying to revamp the school system at home and fight hunger abroad -- you know, just hobby material. Here, he tells Jon Stewart about his post-Microsoft life, as well as how he learned to tweet just last week.
After spending three days in his earthquake-ravaged homeland, Haitian-born musician and onetime Fugee Wyclef Jean addressed the press in New York with a mixture of sorrow for his country and defiance about allegations that he had misappropriated funds intended to go to his foundation, Yele Haiti, in the past.
It's official: Microsoft's top-geek-made-good, Bill Gates, is leaving his full-time position as head of Microsoft on Friday. Now that he's made more money than regular mortals can even fathom (aside from those congresspeople who approve the defense budget), he's stepping down in order to focus on his philanthropic work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Erstwhile bombshell Brigitte Bardot is being tried on racism charges for her controversial stance against Muslims in France. She communicated her position last year to now-President Nicholas Sarkozy and publish her letter to Sarkozy in her own foundation's journal.
Over two years ago, Jamie Leigh Jones was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad's Green Zone when she was gang-raped, allegedly by several co-workers. According to Jones, instead of attending to her injuries and bringing her assailants to justice, KBR officials held her for 24 hours in a shipping container without food or water and then told her she would lose her job if she left Iraq. Now, it's unclear whether the case will go to trial, and her attackers may escape punishment due to a legal loophole regarding U.S. contractors working abroad.
The co-founder of the trailblazing Crossroads and New Roads schools in Santa Monica argues that if we can?t fund cuts in class sizes and improve educational resources, nothing else we do will matter a whit.